Syrian Coalition Renews Calls to Hold Assad Regime Accountable for War Crimes

The Syrian Coalition renewed calls to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) after reports by rights groups that the Assad regime was responsible for war crimes punishable under International Law. Human Rights Watch on Monday confirmed that the Assad regime forces conducted coordinated chemical attacks in residential areas in Aleppo during the assault they launched on the city late last year. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Coalition called for referring the latest HRW report, along with other investigations and similar reports, including the report on Saydnaya Prison by Amnesty International titled “Human Slaughterhouse, … Continue reading Syrian Coalition Renews Calls to Hold Assad Regime Accountable for War Crimes

Syrian opposition want Geneva talks on political transition

A man inspects the area after warcrafts belonging to Assad Regime forces attacked with vacuum bomb to Etarib district of Aleppo, Syria on January 1, 2017 The Syrian opposition wants face-to-face negotiations with the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad about a political transition at peace talks that are due to begin in Geneva next week, a leading Syrian opposition politician said today. Salim Al-Muslit, spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said there could be no role for Al-Assad in the transition, saying “the heavy price paid by the Syrian people” would have been wasted if he remained. Al-Muslit also … Continue reading Syrian opposition want Geneva talks on political transition

Syrian regime carried out ‘coordinated chemical attacks on Aleppo’

A Syrian child is treated in hospital after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib, Syria on 2 May 2016 The Syrian regime carried out “coordinated chemical attacks on Aleppo”, a report by Human Rights Watch said, calling for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions. The report published yesterday by the rights agency said that “Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year.” The findings add to mounting evidence of the use of banned chemical weapons in the six-year Syrian civil war and could strengthen calls by Britain, … Continue reading Syrian regime carried out ‘coordinated chemical attacks on Aleppo’

Syrian Coalition Urges EU for More Active Role in Geneva Talks

The Syrian Coalition called on the European Union to assume a more active role in pushing forward the negotiations aimed at finding a political solution in Syria in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UN Security Council resolution 2254. President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Abdah met with the Dutch envoy to Syria Gerard Steeghs in the Coalition headquarters in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Tuesday. The meeting discussed the latest developments regarding the upcoming round of talks in Geneva and their agenda as well as the formation of the oppositions’ negotiation delegation. The meeting was … Continue reading Syrian Coalition Urges EU for More Active Role in Geneva Talks

Amnesty International Defies Assad to Open His Prisons to International Monitors

Amnesty International defied Bashar Al-Assad to open his prisons to international monitors to check on the conditions of detainees after the dictator denied that he had 13,000 people executed in Syadnaya Prison between 2011 and 2015. Amnesty International published a shocking report on Monday called “Human Slaughterhouse” where it said victims were given death sentences after sham trials lasting less than three minutes, often on the basis of confessions extracted through torture and all commissioned by top officials. In an interview with Yahoo News on Friday, Assad dismissed the findings of the charity’s report as “fake” and “biased.” In response … Continue reading Amnesty International Defies Assad to Open His Prisons to International Monitors

Erdogan: Turkish operation in Syria will continue to Raqqa

Members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army advance towards the centre of al-Bab town of Aleppo during the 171th day of the “Operation Euphrates Shield” in Aleppo, Syria on February 10, 2017 President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the final goal of a Turkish military incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from Daesh, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the terrorist group. “The ultimate goal is to cleanse a 5,000-square-km area,” Erdogan told a news conference before his departure on an official visit to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Turkey … Continue reading Erdogan: Turkish operation in Syria will continue to Raqqa

Astana Urges Syrian Parties to Set up Geneva Negotiations

Participants of Syria peace talks attend the meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on January 23 Riyadh-Beirut- The Riyadh-based Syria opposition announced the assembly of its delegation to attended the Geneva negotiations. Turkish forces had also reportedly entered the border Syrian city, al-Bab. Turkish troops and Syrian rebels on Saturday entered the ISIS-held town of al-Bab in northern Syria, as government forces also approached the extremist’s bastion. “Turkish forces and allied rebels in the Euphrates Shield campaign entered the western edge of the town and took control of a number of areas,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. On the … Continue reading Astana Urges Syrian Parties to Set up Geneva Negotiations